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No 'A' drive seen after floppy install

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September 15, 2010 12:34:25 PM

I had recently r/r a sony MPF920-F floppy from my ME to XP. I hooked up the floppy to the floppy power and data cables that were available inside the computer and the date cable was connected to the mobo. The data cable even had a picture of a floppy disk on it....but the system doesn't see any drive 'A". Why is this??

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a b \ Driver
September 15, 2010 12:51:15 PM

Check the BIOS to make sure the floppy is enabled.

Check the device manager to see if it has a conflict (yellow !) on it.

Try using a different floppy drive cable.
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September 15, 2010 1:00:36 PM

aford10 said:
Check the BIOS to make sure the floppy is enabled.

Check the device manager to see if it has a conflict (yellow !) on it.

Try using a different floppy drive cable.



In the Device Mgr there is no (yellow !) on it...

I'm pretty sure that all is 'enabled' but there was no specific mention of the word 'floppy'...

I will try another cable...

(FYI: Tthe last time that I had used the floppy it did work)
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a b \ Driver
September 15, 2010 1:21:14 PM

There should be reference to a floppy or A drive in the BIOS.
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September 15, 2010 2:30:15 PM

I will check the BIOS again but as I recall there was no reference to the A drive or floppy. I had accessed the BIOS by pressisng my F2 key when first starting up my computer. Is it possible that my mo/bo does not have a controller...if that makes any sense?
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a b \ Driver
September 15, 2010 3:05:25 PM

OEM BIOSs get locked down pretty good, so you may or may not have it.

Did the floppy drive show up in the device manager?
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September 15, 2010 3:31:40 PM

I don't quite understand what you mean by being locked down pretty good...I'm very new at this...My questions is, why is there an unused floppy cable attached to the mo/bo??

No floppy drive shows in the DM.

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a b \ Driver
September 15, 2010 3:49:54 PM

Maybe the PC had a floppy at one time? I don't know..... Is it a homebuilt one, or OEM (HP, Gateway, Compaq...etc)?

OEM computers are sold to the general population. Most aren't enthusiasts who want to tweak settings. Therefore, much less is put in the BIOS, and usually never noticed.

Grab a flashlight, and look real close where the cable connects to the motherboard. Does it say FDD near that port?

First, I would start by changing the FDD cable.
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September 15, 2010 3:58:34 PM

BINGO!!!!!

I went back into the BIOS and, step by step, click by click, I had located the floppy option and had changed the USB to Internal...when I had exited, I got a green light on my floppy...I went into the DM and it was there and got a message that said new hardware was added and it is now available to use.

Like they say, you learn something new every day!

Once again, thank you very much for your help!!!!
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September 15, 2010 4:00:21 PM

Best answer selected by dirtbroker.
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a b \ Driver
September 15, 2010 4:19:15 PM

Good deal....thanks for the vote :) 
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September 15, 2010 4:27:52 PM

You are welcome, aford10!
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